Bear McCreary Talks Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D at Entertainment Weekly

Bear McCrearyNews broke yesterday that composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, the upcoming Black Sails) will also be scoring Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he talked to Entertainment Weekly about it.

Can you pick five words — nouns or adjectives I suppose — describing the music you’ve done for the show?
If I had to pick only five words? Melody, Melody, Melody, Melody, and Melody. To me, a superheroic score is only as good as its main theme. If you’re not singing the tune in the shower a few days after hearing it, then an opportunity has been lost.
Joss is such a music guy, and it even permeates the screenplays he writes, which could have a metronome ticking during the dialogue “solos” and “duets.” How did that inform the work relationship for you?
One of his talents is understanding what music can bring to the narrative. … Joss and I spoke at length about the music for S.H.I.E.L.D. in particular, about the challenge of creating a score that is big enough in its orchestral presence that it feels cinematic and feels at home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also must capture the intimate human characteristics that define this series. In editorial, it became clear that simply tracking in typical big “superhero movie” music wasn’t going to work. So Joss helped guide me to find a sound that lives a little in both worlds.

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